After two years of negotiating pandemic style, fashion is sizzling hot again. Colours are bold, dresses sparkle and the Bridgerton effect has added a dash of drama, says our fashion editor
After a stop/start two years, we are most definitely in the mood for dressing up for weddings and going to the races and the style quotient is off the Richter scale. Drama is created through silhouette and textures and the bigger the chapeau, the better. Explore striking storytelling with a handful of brights such as red, pink and orange; think vintage or pre-loved or upcycle an old favourite. Be inspired by a style icon, like Audrey Hepburn, and work a single tone head to toe. BUY: ‘Moana’ ostrich feather hat, €795, carolkennellymillinery com, ‘Asa’ crepe two-piece with pearl embellishment, €845, phoenixv.ie.
The well-cut, tailored piece should not be just a winter ambition. Keep the aesthetic strong for summer too but perhaps move away from the neutrals palette that you might normally inhabit. Take inspiration from Valentino who played with raspberry and cerulean blue or Halpern who did tangerine. Go for fun and functionality, especially with a summer trench, and thumbing your nose at all those micro mini hemlines, aim long and go for the grand swish.
BUY: ‘Relinquished Watermelon’ coral grosgrain coat, €919, colin-horgan.com.
Big and statement, your jewellery is totally on show this summer whether beachside glam with bodychains over bikinis or stunning statement drop earrings. Pair cuffs with dresses and swimwear and aim for lots of arm braclets, as seen on the Prada and Tory Burch SS22 catwalk shows. Dopamine colours abound, silver jewellery is making a comeback and the choker is enjoying its own moment in the sun. It goes from the high-necked Victorian, to Princess Diana pearls, to the heavy duty diamante look at Dolce & Gabbana. BUY: ‘Cote d’Azure’ drop earrings with Amazonite stones and deep green faceted Czech glass, set in 16k gold brass, €109, aria-v.com.
Irish linen is currently enjoying a reversal of fortune and rightly so. After years of maybe being considered a touristy buy, we are enjoying the natural qualities of this hero, sustainable fabric from a host of brands such as The Tweed Project in Galway, Magee in Donegal, Stable of Ireland in Dublin and Kindred of Ireland in Belfast. BUY: Tartan dress with ruffle, €1,100, (made from linen by the Emblem Weavers in Wexford) from thetweedproject.com.
Not everyone was happy to see the return of the Y2K trend of midriff-exposing tops worn with low-rise jeans and skirts. Miu Miu and Balmain did it with panache but let’s face it, it’s not for everyone. Whatever about a small reveal, to show off the results of your gym work, I think the majority of Irish women will only be flashing their midriffs on the beach and finding nicely co-ordinating pieces is always a treat. BUY: Printed bikini top, €20 (in stock) worn with the 100pc cotton navy-printed sarong, €25, Carolyn Donnelly The Edit available in Dunnes Stores and online from mid-June.
Summer 22 has lots of wearable trends from stripes and fringing to the whole nostalgia wrapped around butterflies. However, it is the sequins trend which plays to our spirit of resilience and desire to get back out there and celebrate. The trend takes the ‘up all night’ vibe and moves it firmly into the daywear arena so whether it is a sequinned vest top with jeans to a more full-on Cher look, sequins will not look out of place. BUY: Gold sequin and feather shift maxi, €200, River Island.
The ‘Bridgerton effect’ has truly gone to all our heads and we are interpreting its tiaras with contemporary twists, from wired crystals with dried flowers to silk flowers with pearls mixed in. The enviable jewel-encrusted head dresses from the Dolce & Gabbana catwalks are too much for the average wedding or day at the races/festival but there are lots of variations out there, from high street stores to milliners who will make bespoke crowns for you with guaranteed comfort. BUY: ‘Estelle’ double height gold metallic crown headband, €285, from Galway milliner, emily-jean.com.
If you are into your crafts like crochet, fringing or macramé, you’ll enjoy this season’s offerings. The old-school values our grandmothers excelled at found their way onto the designer catwalks, onto the high street and into our hearts. It all gets very interesting when you start playing with textures, like raffia which pops up in great baskets from all the designer ranges and on the high street too. BUY: Rope sandal, €13 and crochet shopper bag, €10, Penneys. Available in tan, black with orange due end of next week.
For every woman who doesn’t want to show her arms, there’s a host of women who do not want to show their legs at semi- formal or formal events. We’ve loved the ‘power trouser suit’ and taken it from boardroom to bridal. We’ve also knocked great style value out of the one -shouldered jumpsuit. The newest iteration of this genre is a super-feminine matching combo of peplum top or asymmetric top with pants which is proving very popular with race goers. BUY: Stine Goya ‘Britney’ top in tulip blue, €210, matching ‘Isra’ pants, €190, macbees.ie